The Things You Don’t See Are Still In Every Story

on October 14, 2016

by Laura Benedict It makes sense that you (almost) never see bathrooms on television shows, or in films, unless they are integral to the story.  If you do see one, it’s usually because we need to see someone sneaking up behind the heroine as she looks in a mirror. Or she’s getting ready for work… Read More

Laura Benedict

Laura Benedict

Laura Benedict is the Edgar- and ITW Thriller Award- nominated author of seven novels of suspense, including the forthcoming The Stranger Inside (February 2019). Small Town Trouble, her latest book, is a cozy crime novel. Her Bliss House gothic trilogy includes The Abandoned Heart, Charlotte's Story (Booklist starred review), and Bliss House. Her short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, and in numerous anthologies like Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers, and St. Louis Noir. A native of Cincinnati, she lives in Southern Illinois with her family. Visit her at to read her blog and sign up for her quarterly newsletter.

The Care and Feeding of a (Fictional) Daughter

on June 15, 2015

I have the best daughter. When she was a toddler, she was adorably curious and nearly always cheery. If she awoke in her little bed before we came to get her, she would call out, “Can I get out of bed now?” Her school grades have always been excellent, and she never got a speeding… Read More

What Would New June be Without a Wedding …

on June 2, 2015

What could be better than a June wedding, save for maybe New York Times Best-selling Author Linda Lael Miller’s take on the summer matrimony tradition. This month sees Book 3 in Miller’s The Brides of Bliss County Series debuted May 26.  The Marriage Season finds two of three best friends—Hadleigh, Melody and Bex—happily wed after… Read More

She Said, He Said

on August 1, 2014

by Laura Benedict I’m a writer married to a writer. And, yes, it’s often just as complicated and crazy and dramatic as it sounds. But let’s get this part out of the way right up front: I was my husband Pinckney’s writing student when we met. Go ahead. Giggle a bit and raise your eyebrows… Read More